DreamHost may not be as popular as GoDaddy and Bluehost among average internet users, but believe me, it’s a remarkably well-known brand among developers, designers and digital marketers.
Since they were founded in 1996 (in Los Angeles), they’ve grown to host over 1.5 million websites and have hundreds of employees. Impressive.
DreamHost is one of those providers that you can find recommended everywhere. In fact, WordPress themselves endorses them – but I’m not sure how seriously I’d take this endorsement, as while they display SiteGround as an option (which we approve), they also recommend Bluehost, which is a much more questionable choice.
DreamHost Review: Pros & Cons
Sure, DreamHost is pretty inexpensive and offers quite a lot, but how they perform and what features are they missing? *Spoiler Alert*: they’re missing a couple of advanced features.
Let me help you out:
Affordable: DreamHost is one of the cheapest shared hosting providers around.
Performance: In our tests (uptime & speed), DreamHost performed really well – more on this below.
Unlimited: All accounts come with truly unlimited storage and bandwidth. Unlike others, no inodes limitation.
Modern-looking backend: Their backend looks very contemporary. It may take a bit of time to master for those used to cPanel dashboards.
No upsells and upgrades: So many competitors push you into buying add-ons with aggressive pitches. DreamHost is a breath of fresh air.
97-day money-back guarantee: They’ll refund you if, after 97 days (yes 97) of using them, you are unhappy with their service.
Not many 1-click installs: They only have automated installations for 8 providers (e.g. WordPress or Joomla).
Only US-location: They don’t have servers outside the US. These may not be ideal for users from other regions (e.g. Europe or Asia).
No email account in the starter plan: Email accounts are paid separately for the Shared Starter plan, but they are fairly affordable too.
Some advanced features missing: Some functions for larger projects seem to be missing. For instance, no staging, no built-in caching or advanced backup solutions.